Monday, July 25, 2016

Week 101: An Unexpected Baptismal Challenge. . .

Hey Everyone!

It was a pretty crazy week this last week--lots to update on! Let's see, Monday was pretty normal as far as I remember. Tuesday I went on exchanges to Jupiter and I got the chance to have dinner at the Harreveld home, which was cool because I got to know Brother Harreveld pretty well when I was in Jupiter back in the day:)

Wednesday we did another mini mission. This time it was with Jorge, who just turned 16 a couple of months ago! It was his first time ever going out with the missionaries so we had a blast going out and doing missionary work with him!

Thursday was a pretty good day as well. We went out with Bishop Busto and were able to introduce him to a lot of the people that we have been visiting. So he got to sit down with Joshua, then Kisha and then Sister Conrad!

Joshua is still preparing to get baptized on July 31st, however, he has a few obstacles to overcome for that to happen. Some legal and then he also just doesn't have the money to buy a marriage license right now. So we'll see what happens. It could happen, or it might not. We're not really sure... The good news though is that Sister Conrad invited us over for dinner Friday night and afterwards we finally got to go with her and her husband Jessi to the Jewish temple that he attends! It was actually a really cool experience! I wish I could have done something like that at the beginning of my mission because we knew what it felt like to walk into a church you've never been to before. It's pretty scary because you want to make sure you don't do anything that would be offensive or mess up. But besides the fact that Jewish people don't believe in Jesus as the Messiah, the message really isn't that different than what you hear in our church. Pretty interesting stuff. Also we got to keep our Yamika's that we wore into the service!  Nothing too crazy happened on Saturday.

Sunday was pretty crazy though! So Sunday, Sister Conrad came to Sacrament Meeting for the first time in 17 years! It felt good helping her to come back! Also a member that grew up in the Stuart ward came back to visit her neighborhood best friend and brought him and his wife to church yesterday! They're such a cool family. They already believe in Jesus Christ, in keeping the commandments, and serving other people. They're practically already members of the church! So the first counselor of the Bishopric invited all of them over to his house for dinner after church and invited us as well! Well, we ended up being there for way longer than normal, but it was probably the best member present lesson of my mission! After just talking to them and getting to know them, we taught them the Restoration and invited the Neff family to be baptized when they know it's true. Now at this point we thought the members were going to get mad at us and say something like, "You don't have to if you don't want to." Usually members are pretty protective of their referrals. Not these ones though! They accepted baptism and so I invited them to be baptized on August 7th (it's our last weekend in the mission) and they weren't too sure but both of the member couples immediately began to testify to them of how they NEEDED to do it on August 7th since we were leaving and since they already basically live church standards. So they're preparing to get baptized on the 7th of August! How cool is that???

That's basically it for this week, hope that all goes well for everyone!

Elder Butterfield

Elder Butterfield, Ailynn, and Elder Stansfield 

The Elders with Ailynn and her parents

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